‘Paris needs Notre Dame’: Donations to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral near $1 billion

, USA TODAY

PARIS – Donations neared the $1 billion mark and recovery efforts ramped up Wednesday at the charred Notre Dame Cathedral after priceless relics and historical treasures were reported saved from a devastating fire that left Paris – and much of the world – in a state of shock.

French authorities said the cathedral was perhaps only minutes away from total destruction when Monday’s blaze swept through the medieval building.

Engineers and historians are expected to put up a temporary roof to protect the cathedral from the elements, assess damage and salvage materials before beginning repairs that may take decades.

More: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/04/17/notre-dame-cathedral-recovery-efforts-continue/3493655002/